Newborn babies are often covered in a white, cream-like substance (vernix) that dissolves into the skin soon after birth, and may also have some streaks of blood and meconium (first poo) on them as well. Some hospitals insist on bathing the baby soon after birth, but if bub doesn’t have a lot of blood or poo on him, this is not necessary and can be left until later. However, if you do choose to have your baby bathed, this can be an opportunity for your partner to be included and wash your newborn whilst you have a well-deserved rest and watch from the bed. A midwife will help and it’s a lovely thing to involve other children in as well.
Photo by Istock Aug 23, 2011